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Birdfoot Festival 2019

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Birdfoot Festival returns to New Orleans for an eighth season, May 28–June 1, 2019!

  • Nothing But the TruthWednesday, May 29, 2019, at 8 PM, at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, 1225 North Rampart Street on the edge of the French Quarter. Framed by Dvorak’s “American” Quartet, this concert examines the complex subjects of identity, experience, and truth. Inspired by African-American spirituals and songs, Dvorak’s quartet is an outsider’s portrait of America’s energy and potential approaching the turn of the century. Juxtaposed with this, spirituals, arranged by New Orleans’ own Moses Hogan, and the musical voices of Dvorak’s assistant Harry T. Burleigh and Florence Price, reveal a complex counterpoint to Dvorak’s optimism. Works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Caroline Shaw, and Johann Christoph Bach (J.S. Bach's uncle), will also be featured, while the cherished concept of justice itself is examined in Garth Knox’s Nothing but the Truth, a musical courtroom drama without a predetermined outcome…will the musicians be found guilty or innocent?

  • Birdfoot BackstageThursday, May 30, 2019, 7 PM, at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans’s Freeport-McMoRan Theater, 900 Camp Street in the Warehouse District. Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM for an interactive exploration of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet. Get inside the music alongside the musicians, and then come hear the piece in its entirety during Birdfoot’s Season Finale Concert on Saturday, June 1.

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    5:15-6 PM Pre-concert talk: The Art of Noticing with author Rob Walker

    6:00 PM Happy Hour in The Café at the CAC

    6:15 PM Young Artist Program Showcase Concert

    7 PM Birdfoot Backstage

  • Let There Be Night Friday, May 31, 2019, 8 PM at the Contemporary Arts Center Theater, 900 Camp Street in the Warehouse District. Surely you’ve had them: late-night existential conversations, sleepless meditations, monsters under the bed that disappear with the light of dawn. Darkness and night have long been playgrounds for the imagination and metaphors for the unknown and unknowable. For J.S. Bach, music and text come together to re-enact and glorify spiritual mystery, while for contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas, mystery is revealed in the hidden spectrums of sound. Dive into the deep end for a program of music that reaches beyond.

    Please note: The second half of the concert will be performed entirely in the dark.

    This concert will be preceded by a 7 PM Introduction to the Music by renowned composer and speaker Patrick Castillo.

  • Season Finale:Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8 PM at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, 1225 North Rampart Street on the edge of the French Quarter. Birdfoot’s Finale presents music born of the lover’s sigh, the heroine’s last gasp, and the emotional highs and lows of life. Few works of chamber music are as thrilling as Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet, named for the composer’s song in which a maiden pleads with Death to pass her by (and whose haunting melody is the centerpiece of the quartet). Surrounding Schubert’s masterpiece are musical gems of equally intimate and acute emotion: Monteverdi’s madrigals open up the fresh pain of heartbreak, Purcell’s heroine Dido (the mythic queen of Carthage) laments her last moments, John Dowland’s “teares” flow in sweet sorrow, and composer-in-residence Patrick Castillo’s Dreamers Often Lie explores the bizarre real-as-life experience of dreams.

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